Staying in the Farming Business:  Cut costs, not income

When prices are low, input costs must be cut.  But how much can be cut without hurting production or receiving discounts?  Attend this meeting for strategies to improve your bottom line during challenging financial times.


What's your break even cost?  Crop and livestock budgets including averages.  Ag chemical, fertilizer, and seed costs.  Energy efficiency and savings. Chemical drift issues, weather outlook. Livestock-cutting costs, decreasing discounts.  Cash rent and leases.  Market outlook.

Thursday, February 2nd, Starting at 5:00 pm, meal is being provided by Quenten Coon-Farm Bureau with notebook included.

Please pre-register two business days in advance.  Please contact MU Extension Center in Grundy County at 660-359-4040 ext 8

Private Pesticide Applicator Training and Ag Update

New dicamba resistant soybeans and the use of this technology will be discussed including all spraying requirements.  All growers should attend this meeting regardless of needing re-certification.


Efficacy of product on waterhemp. Section 18 label. Labeled rates. Waiting period before planting soybean. Sprayer tip requirements. Temperature inversions. Buffers. Drift. Sprayer cleanout. Soybean yield loss and sensitivity of non-dicamba soybean. Personal safety.

Monday, February 13th, 8:30-12 at the Hoover Theater at Grundy County Library in Trenton.

If you have Applicator manual, please bring or will have to charge $12 for a new manual.  For more information please contact the Grundy County Extension Center at 660-359-4040 ext 8


Master Beekeeper Course Starts in Trenton November 19

 University of Missouri Extension’s newly developed Certified Master Beekeeper program will be offered in Trenton from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 19 at the Jewett Norris library Hoover Theater.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

“Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationship, and essential equipment and requirements.

“We are excited to bring the Master Beekeeper program to Northwest Missouri,” said Meridith Berry, county program director for Grundy County Extension. “This high-quality program will offer both classroom instruction and mentoring opportunities for participants.”

The Missouri Master Beekeeper certification program consists of six levels: Beginner Beekeeper, Apprentice Beekeeper, Journeyman Beekeeper, Junior Master

Beekeeper, Master Trainer, and Master Beekeeper. By the end of this first course, individuals will be able to help experienced beekeepers in the management of hives.

Individuals must have one year of experience rearing bees and join a local beekeeping club before taking an exam to move up to the next level. Experienced beekeepers can test up through the first two levels of the pro- gram if they have three or more years of experience.

The “Basic Beekeeping for Beginners” class is for any individual interested in learning beekeeping. There is no minimum age for the program, but children age 12 and younger may find examination questions difficult.

The course costs $61 which includes a beekeeping book. Classes are taught by experienced beekeepers. Payment must be made by November 16 and can be made by check or cash to Grundy County Extension, 700 Main, Suite 2, Trenton, MO 64483

Registration can be done in person at the office, by mail, or by calling Grundy County Extension
at (660) 359-4040 ext. 8.

University of Missouri Extension does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a Vietnam era veteran in employment or programs.


Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am-12 & 1 pm to 4:30 pm




The Missouri Tax Initiative is providing free income tax preparation for low income and elderly people in Northwest Missouri.  Check with your local extension office, or call the Grundy County Extension office at 660-359-4040 ext 8.  Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) workers will be preparing taxes in several counties in Northwest Missouri over the next few months.  

Build Your Board

Build Your Board is a convenient training program designed specifically for board members of non-profit organizations. Created by University of Missouri Extension community development specialists with over 50 years of combined experience in the field, the information presented is reliable and resourceful.

Online training offers convenience and flexibility. Participants can log in at any time and can take all 16 lessons at once or can break the training up in 15-minute intervals. No meetings to attend and no travel expenses mean both time and money will be saved.

Your community classroom

MU Extension is the University of Missouri’s classroom in Grundy County. We connect people to research-based education to enrich the quality of life and enhance the economic well-being of our communities. MU Extension is your one-stop source for practical education and information on almost anything.

MU Extension partners with the Grundy County Commission and other local organizations to provide education, information and services that meet people’s needs. The elected and appointed members of the University of Missouri Extension Council of Grundy County help identify those needs to ensure that our educational programs are relevant, reliable and responsive.

Whether it’s resources for you or your family, farm, business or community, we invite you to explore our website, call or email to learn how we can help you.


Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use

This monthly newsletter provides practical advice on a variety of subjects and reports on extension activities throughout the region. Northwest Missouri Extension News You Can Use